Uncle Paul, Krysta and I

Krysta on the VAC Case

Krysta at six months with me on the VAC Case.

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1682 230th Avenue, Osceola, Iowa 50213

The year 1966, my mother had just died, and Uncle Paul picked me up in southeastern Missouri to live with him. It was too late in the year for the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion. He told me all about the show, and I went for the first time in 1967 and I have only missed four years since.

The old engine bug got me, and I started out with a Clinton and a Briggs & Stratton. Uncle Paul showed me how to work on these small engines. We also made a go-cart out of a reel type mower with a Briggs motor on it.

My wife and I got married in 1982 and she called my engines and tractors junk, but she knew it was a lost cause when the rusty iron bug gets you.


In 1985 our daughter Krysta was born, and she has been around gas engines and tractors all of her life as you can see in the one picture of her on the VAC Case. She has a cast iron Briggs & Stratton, and she has her eye on one of my old chain saws and the VAC.

Between Krysta, Uncle Paul and me, we have 32 chain saws from the 1940s and 1950s, 25 to 30 gas motors, six garden tractors and four tractors. There are several brands of saws we own, Clinton, Mercury, Wright, Lombard, Strunck and McCulloch. The motors are Briggs & Stratton, Clinton, Reo, Fairbanks-Morse, Wisconsin, and Waterloo Boy. The garden tractors are Planet Jr., David Bradley, Montgomery Ward and Bolens. The tractors are 1949 DC Case, 1950 SC Case with wide front, 1950 VAC Case and 1937 Twin City MTA.

Uncle Paul and I bought the Twin City together to restore. We lost Uncle Paul before he ever got to do anything to it, so Krysta and I are going to restore the Twin City and show it with the motors and saws. I finally showed my saws at Midwest Old Thresher's Reunion, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, in 1996. We are planning to show at Hawkeye Acres, Waukee, Iowa, in 1997. We miss Uncle Paul. I hope to see several GEM subscribers at the shows this year.